BAD Raymond van Barneveld has peppered the double bed upon rising from his sickbed – and his hopes have not been dashed.
Barney, 55, had a terrible bout of food poisoning after visiting a Chinese restaurant in central London on Monday night and there have been doubts about his condition ahead of his 30th World Darts Championship.
But the No. 32, who is being watched by fiancé Julia Evans, avoided being knocked out of the second round at Ally Pally with a 3-1 win over qualified barber Ryan Meikle.
It’s the first time in FIVE YEARS that he’s finished in the last 32 of a tournament he last won in 2007.
The former Dutch postman has now pulled off a blockbuster third-round tie with world no. 1 Gerwyn Price after Christmas and Barney Army will have a strong voice for that.
It will bring back memories of their tussles at last month’s Grand Slam of Darts, in which Van Barneveld emerged victorious twice.
Van Barneveld said: “Ryan never stopped playing. In the first sentence I was like, when does this guy stop hitting his double 20s? A great player.
“Wow, what a great player. All credit goes to him. I’m so happy. I had to work hard.
“I went to a Chinese restaurant in Piccadilly Circus and lay in bed all day with food poisoning, me and my manager.
“I didn’t have good practice. I was very tired.
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“I had been working so hard all year and then all of a sudden we get this.
“You never know what you’re going to get in the shrimp crackers.
“My whole stomach was gone. This had been a nightmare. If I managed to play, I’m already happy. Playing like that, wow, it was a battle against myself, I had to show willpower.
“Julia was emotional, she knew what I was going through. We all went to bed today.
“I play well, I believe in myself. I have a week to prepare, take pills and relax. i love this game I wasn’t happy when I retired.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6960336/van-barneveld-beats-meikle-world-darts-fiancee-julia/ Raymond van Barneveld celebrated fiancé Julia’s win after getting out of bed to beat Ryan Meikle